COVID-19 response
media release 5.05.20

COVID-19 response

(Last Updated 11.00am and 31 March 2020)

In response to the evolving COVID-19 crisis, we have moved to a remote working model to protect the health of our staff, clients, fellow consultants and the wider community at this difficult time.

Impact on the industry

At the moment it is business as usual however we are monitoring how this crisis could impact your projects this could include:

• a shortfall of staff/consultants/council staff…and this may impact the project documentation.

• Delays to the delivery of some products which would require alternative products to be selected, and possibly the resubmission of documentation to the PCA/or council.

• Site closures, which then impact AJ+C services e.g. site observations/defects inspections.

Any delays will be flagged as soon as we are aware of this.


We have identified communication as one of our highest priorities. Utilising the latest technologies, we will communicate with you as usual on projects, we are ensuring our teams continue to communicate effectively internally and externally and finally we encourage all our clients to contact us with any concerns, delays you may be encountering or just to say hello during these isolated times.

Stay Safe

Michael Heenan

CEO, Principal, Design

Media Release: The Residences, Cardinal Freeman
media release

Media Release: The Residences, Cardinal Freeman

Ashfield, NSW, Australia

‘The Cardinal Freeman sets a new benchmark for seniors living. Providing amenity and community through thoughtfully designed and planned new buildings integrated into an historic site.’ Setting a new benchmark in urban design and seniors living, The Residences by AJ+C for developer Stockland, breathes new life into a heritage site in Ashfield, in Sydney’s Inner West. – Peter Ireland, Design, AJ+C

The Residences at Cardinal Freeman is a paradigm shift in independent seniors living. Rather than separation, its focus is on community integration, active retirement lifestyles and ageing in place. The master plan and buildings by AJ+C unlocked the site to deliver a greater focus on open space and public domain with landscaped pocket parks and a central Village Green, that strengthens connections to the neighbourhood. A key urban strategy was realigning a major through-site road, to make movement more legible and layered, to preference pedestrians and weave that site into the surrounding street network. It also establishes a clear arrival point for the community of residents. All apartments feature full accessibility with wide doors and hallways and reinforced bathroom walls for future modification. Facilities include a resort-style health club, indoor lap pool, gymnasium and theatre arranged around the Village Green. For peace of mind, the Cardinal Freeman project incorporates a separate high-care facility on site, allowing residents to stay connected to their local community if their health-care needs change over time.

Click here to read the full media release.

For high-resolution images, interviews or information, contact Joanne Sim, Clients + Markets Manager
t: +61 415 548 532; e:

Three AJ+C projects shortlisted in the 2020 AIA NSW State Awards
media release 21.04.20

Three AJ+C projects shortlisted in the 2020 AIA NSW State Awards

AJ+C has been recognised by the Australian Institute of Architects with three projects shortlisted in the 2020 NSW State Awards. Shortlisted projects include:

Cardinal Freeman
Shortlisted for:Urban Design.
The master plan and buildings by AJ+C breathes new life into the site, delivering significant new open spaces while preserving and highlighting its heritage value, and bringing a new level of resident amenity and community engagement.

The Burcham, Rosebery
Shortlisted for: Residential Architecture – Multi Housing.
This remarkable project embraces the site’s unique history, re-using the former 1918 Wrigley’s Gum Factory building as residential apartments. Our additions included: two new 4 and 5 storey apartment buildings.

Meriden School – Lingwood
Shortlisted for: Education Architecture.
The design incorporates six new low-rise classrooms and the refurbishment of Lingwood House, a heritage-listed Federation house on the site, with adjoining outdoor spaces landscaped for learning and play.

AJ+C congratulates everyone involved in these projects.

Social Media

news 31.07.20
AJ+C Wellbeing Day

We’re rewarding all our staff with a day off.

The AJ+C Wellbeing Day in Friday 7th August will be a chance for our teams to reflect, relax and recharge.

“Rewarding everyone with a day’s leave is one way we can continue to thank our teams for the tremendous dedication and commitment under these trying circumstances.” Michael Heenan, CEO

For the full story go to

#AJCWellbeingDay #architectsajc #wellbeing #wellbeingday #wellbeingatwork #mentalwellbeing #workplacewellbeing

news 28.07.20
Coogee SLSC

Overlooking the wild ocean, construction is powering ahead at Coogee SLSC with concrete roof and steel delivery arriving on site.

We are looking forward to seeing the open views and new facilities the surf club will provide to the local community.

@randwickcouncil @meinhardtplanning @xenia_construction @jwrathall @mheenan20

#CoogeeSurfLifeSavingClub #coogeeSLSC #Randwick Council #Community #Coogee

news 6.07.20
Meriden Lingwood and The Burcham awards Commendations at 2020 NSW Architecture Awards

We are delighted to announce both Meriden Lingwood and The Burcham were awarded a Commendation in the Education Category and the Residential Category at the NSW Architecture Awards on Friday night.

Congratulations to the AJ+C project team and all consultants involved.

news 25.05.20
AIA 2020 People’s Choice Awards

AJ+C have three projects shortlisted in the @institute_architects_aus Awards. This year in response to the new appreciation the wider community has for quality spaces, the AIA have created the People’s Choice Awards for Life in 2020. Open to voting by all, this playful set of awards will seriously recognise the projects that inspire us in the context of our altered relationships to our housing, workplaces and centres of essential community services, and to the public domain.

Vote for 3 AJ+C projects

Meriden School Lingwood in the ‘We Are In This Together Award’ Category .

The Burcham in the ‘Isolation Oasis Award ’ Category .

Cardinal Freeman in the ‘We Are In This Together Award ’ Category.

Voting closes 11:59PM Thursday 18 June Winners will be announced in July.